Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Trivia: The Daily Planet's address is: 1000 Broadway, Metropolis, Kansas.
In the car pursuit scene, right after Jimmy leaves Lex behind, the background behind the rear windshield of the car is passing from left to right instead of just diminishing in the distance. Also, when the car pursuit begins, two cars are seen, but not simultaneously because the film of one car is played twice. This can be seen after the first car passes and vanishes before it drives out of view and the next car begins.
When Jimmy is in the 1940s Talon we can clearly hear the sound of a saxophone in the number before Lois arrives. Nevertheless, as we can see on the stage, there are only three instrument: a drum, a piano, and a bass.
When the episode opens, the clock on the wall under the stairs reads 1:59. A few minutes later, when they hear the gunshot, the same clock says it's 4:15. When Jimmy turns away from the stairs, it's blurry, but looks like one of the hands is pointing towards the 2. Then, once everyone's in the building and Clark runs down the stairs, it's 2:15, which would be awfully fast for that many people to get there, if the 1:59 time was correct. When Lex shows up a couple of minutes later, it's about 2:17 (which would be about right).
There is no way a police officer doesn't suspect a reporter (Lois) dropping her purse in a crime scene particularly since the crime scene is full of objects from Lana's purse and since she tried to seduce him for information before.
The only reporters and photographers at the crime scene are Jimmy, Chloe, and Lois. This despite the fact that as has been previously established, Lana is big news due to her marriage to Lex.
When noir-Lois comes out to sing, the microphone picks up her voice before she's anywhere close enough for it to do so.
Chloe tracks Brennan by tapping into the elevator's memory, saying that it would remember which floor it was on last. However, given the police were in the building and would have searched the place for the killer, and the Daily Planet is a big building, it's pretty much impossible that the elevator would have been unused since the murderer escaped using it.
Chloe and Jimmy confront Brennan, and Jimmy says they believe he was with Lana "the night before." But the murder took place at approximately 2 a.m., and there's no indication 24 hours has passed. So their confrontation with Brennan would have had to take place the same night.
When Chloe and Jimmy confront Brennan, Chloe says that the building was sealed off by the police. But as shown earlier, it wasn't. Clark, Lois, Lex, and Lionel all wandered into the crime scene, and Clark at the very least would have not been allowed in.
Lana says she was going to turn the flash drive over to "the press." But it's never explained why she doesn't turn it over to Chloe. It can't be to protect her, because she then gets her involved in Lex and Lionel's schemes and asks her to keep secrets from Clark.
After Jimmy wakes up and checks the computer for the picture of the cigarette case, he and Chloe both walk back out to the lobby to check if it is still there on the ground amongst a few of Lana's and Lois's things. However as they were in the lobby it was completely quiet, suggesting no one was around including the police. Why would the police leave items such as that just on the ground, when they should have taken it away for evidence.
Jimmy and Chloe sit down to watch a 16mm film version of Bogart's The Big Sleep, complete with old-style projector. While the movie is available on VHS and DVD, it would be virtually impossible to find this movie for rent or for sale in 16mm film format.
When Jimmy and Chloe sit down to watch the Bogart movie, they are shown watching the movie in standard 4:3 aspect ratio which creates a picture on the screen that has the same dimensions as a normal TV picture. This movie and all movies that were released before the very first wide-screen movie, The Robe (1953), were shown in this ratio. However, when Jimmy and Chloe jump up and leave the room the movie has suddenly turned into a wide-screen black-and-white movie.
Despite the fact Metropolis is a major city with several high-class hospitals, Lionel has Lana flown from Metropolis to the Smallville medical clinic.
After Lionel acquires the flash drive from Lois, the top-secret item that he doesn't want her to acquire or see, he... plays it in front of her so she can find out what's on it. Instead of just leaving and watching it somewhere else.
It's never explained how or why Lana acquired Lillian's cigarette case. Or why she would bother to steal something that Lex would recognize, just to hide a flash drive.
Chloe has a gray Yaris in this episode. However, in previous episodes she has had a red Yaris. Where'd she get the money to buy a new one?
When Lana is found in the elevator, there is a bullet wound on her left shoulder. When she is put on the stretcher after the opening credits, there is a wound on her right shoulder. It shows her later in that scene with the wound back on the left. In the end when Lana is laying in the hospital bed talking to Chloe the bullet wound is on her right shoulder once again.
In Jimmy's dream, when Lana hands the gun to Jimmy, she hands it to him aimed away from her. When Jimmy takes it, it is aimed towards her.
When Chloe falls down the stairwell, you can see a lot of floors she goes through, then Clark catches her, How can Jimmy come down all those stairs so fast?
Trivia: The newspaper that Jimmy looks at in the beginning of the black and white part says May 3, 1940. The episode was aired May 3, 2007.
Trivia: First episode where we see John Glover without his trademark beard. In the 1940s parts of the episode, he only has a mustache.
The x-ray in Lana's hospital room is hung upside down, and doesn't show any trauma.
Though smoking was very common in 1940, the actors in this episode only took a mouthful of smoke and blew it out. They never inhaled.
No city in Kansas ever had elevated railways, not even in 1940.
Lionel: (to his barback Joe) Rye whiskey. Rocks. Put it on his tab, Joe. Name's Kent. (to Clark) You stroll in here with this crackerjack kid... you trying to land me in the cooler?
Clark: Cool your jets, Mac. Jimmy here's just a little down on luck. Ain't you, Jimmy?
Lionel: Poor sucker. Man, dames are his poison.
Jimmy: You know, it was so weird. I mean, half of it made sense. Lana and Lionel working together and Clark Kent leading a double life as a reporter by day and crime-fighter by night... You know, it's funny what your mind will cook up.
Clark: So it's Luthor you're after. Better wipe that newsie smile off your face. Luthor can smell fresh blood a mile away.
Jimmy: Fresh? Now you listen here, Kent...
Clark: Relax. I'm one of the good guys.
Jimmy: That's what they all say.
Lionel: Ah relax. I got nothing on Kent so far but his tab.
Lex: You're losing your grip Paps. You used to run this town. Now it looks like the only shots you're calling are from behind that bar.
Lionel: (on the phone with Lana) Yeah it's me. Listen, Boy Wonder may have taken the bait. But he's onto you.
Lana: It doesn't matter any more. You're back on top of the low life food chain and I'm out from under a suffocating marriage.
Clark: You're holding back something from me, aren't you? Chloe, I can't believe you'd lie to me.
Chloe: I can't believe you didn't hear the deafening irony in that sentence.
Chloe: When did you learn to do that?
Jimmy: Some girls go for sports cars. I figure you're more of a lockpicking kind of girl.
Clark: (after he shoots Lana) I should've known better. Rule number one--never get mixed up with a girl. Not when you're on the job.
Jimmy: On the job? (Clark shows police badge) You're a cop?
Clark: Undercover unit. I was sent here to watch Lex Luthor. Falling in love with his wife, that was... that was my mistake.
Jimmy: Those were some eyes that she had. Would have made any guy want to be a hero.
Clark: Yeah, well those eyes just got you the electric chair. Someone should've told you, kid. There are no heroes in Metropolis.
Jimmy: I didn't peg you as the kind of guy with a secret identity.
Clark: And you're never gonna.
Lex: And don't worry, kept my word. I'm here alone.
Jimmy: I'm afraid your word's not worth much, Luthor.
Lex: Doesn't matter. By tomorrow, you'll be picking lead out of your lungs.
(after Clark catches Chloe who's fallen down the stairwell)
Chloe: You didn't have to wait till the last second, you know.
Clark: What fun would that be?
Jimmy: (answering phone) Hello? Ahem... Olsen here.
Mystery Woman: I hear you're the best. I want to report a murder.
Mystery Woman: Mine.
The music that Lois sings at the bar is Somebody Else by Vanessa Rojo.
The American Society of Cinematographers honored this episode with an ASC Award. This episode was nominated for two 2008 Leo Awards for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series and Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series. This episode won the 2008 Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series.
Original International Air Dates:
South Africa: June 26, 2007 on Mnet
Norway: July 8, 2007 on TVNorge
Belgium: February 16, 2008 on KanaalTwee
Australia: February 28, 2008 on Ten
Czech Republic: May 29, 2008 on TV Nova
New Zealand: September 5, 2008 on TV2
Slovakia: September 6, 2009 on Markiza
On its premiere showing, this episode has the dubious distinction of having the lowest number of viewers of any first-run episode since the series premiered.
Richard Kahan previously appeared as a different character, Bitterman, in the season 5 episode "Thirst."
Annette O'Toole is credited but doesn't appear in this episode.
In-Joke: The plaque showing the Daily Planet logo is taken from the 1950s Adventures of Superman television show with George Reeves.
In-Joke: The police badge that Clark held up in the 1940s segment was in the shape of the Superman logo.
In-Joke: The way Tom Welling (Clark) touched his glasses in the beginning of the 1940's segment was done in the same mannerism as Christopher Reeve had in the original Superman movies.
The "Justice and Doom" segment shows Bart Allen breaking into a facility in Kiev looking for a vial, while Cyborg checks a facility in Taipei. Green Arrow doesn't find anything in Havana but Aquaman acquires the file at an oil platform in St. Roch. Green Arrow meets Aquaman in Star City where they're attacked and Aquaman dives into the river while Green Arrow evades the men. In Smallville, Lois tries to track down the missing car, which is at a Queen Industries Research facility where Bart and Victor receive a message from their mysterious benefactor.
The 1940s segments of this episode were filmed in black-and-white.
Lionel: Listen, Boy Wonder may have taken the bait, but he's on to you.
When Lionel calls Lana from the bar, he refers to Jimmy Olsen as "Boy Wonder." This is the nickname given to DC Comics character Robin, the sidekick of Batman.
Chloe: Jimmy, I've been to every gin joint in town looking for you.
Chloe's line is a reference to a famous quote from the movie Casablanca in which Humphrey Bogart exclaims "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."
As Lex is dying after being shot by Jimmy, he utters one final word: "Gardenia". This is a veiled allusion to the classic 1941 black-and-white movie Citizen Kane in which Orson Wells' character, Charles Foster Kane, utters the single word, "Rosebud", before passing away.
Chloe and Jimmy watch Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It was shot in December, 1944, a few months before the two stars married. The movie was based on the Raymond Chandler detective mystery of the same name.
Jimmy: Right back at you, sweetheart.
Jimmy imitates Humphrey Bogart, using "sweetheart" as Bogart did in movies such as The Maltese Falcon (as Sam Spade) and The Big Sleep (as Philip Marlowe).
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